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This article is about the FM station in Fort Erie, ON. For the former Toronto AM station see CHKT.

Z101 Logo new.gif
City of license Fort Erie, Ontario
Broadcast area Niagara Region
Buffalo, NY
Branding Z101
Slogan All The Hits!
Frequency 101.1 MHz (FM)
First air date 1986
Format Top 40 (CHR)
Power 19.7 kW
Class B
Owner CJRN 710 Inc.
Sister stations CJRN, CFLZ-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website Z101

CKEY-FM is a Canadian radio station that serves the Buffalo Area, broadcasting at 101.1 FM in Fort Erie, Ontario. The station broadcasts a Top 40 (CHR) format with a rhythmic lean under branding Z101. It is also the highest rated Canadian station in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region, according to Arbitron. CKEY's main competition is WKSE "Kiss 98.5".



The station was originally launched in 1986 as AM 530 CJFT.[1] It moved to FM in 1991, and adopted its current callsign.[2]

Throughout the 1990s, the station varied between alternative rock and dance music branded as 101.1 The Planet, and was later rebranded as 101.1 The River playing a modern AC format. In 2002, the AC format moved to sister station CFLZ-FM, and CKEY adopted an urban music format branded as WiLD 101. The station entered into a local marketing agreement with Citadel, who operated the station as part of its Buffalo, New York cluster. That LMA was discontinued when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission threatened to revoke the station's licence.[3]

The station changed its branding to Z101 on April 1, 2007.

The CRTC has continued to express concern with CKEY-FM's programming, calling attention in particular to the station's seeming failure to comply with its license condition requiring a minimum three hours per week of locally-oriented news programming. In its most recent license renewal, the station was only granted a two-year license period.[4]

Regular Radio Personalities

Keith Kelly Weekdays 6-10am
Jen Cohen Weekdays 10am-3pm
Corey Mottley Weekdays 3-7pm
Jammin Todd on the Radio - Jammin Todd Edwards Weekdays 7pm-Midnight

Other Personalities

  • Weekends/Fill-ins: Chris Barnatt and Tony Dibello
  • Mix Shows: Jammin Todd Edwards, DJ Gates, DJ Trick, DJ Mike Setlock, and their newest addition, DJ Taylor D
  • Jammin Todd Edwards - Monday to Friday 12 Noon, 12 o'clock Throwback
  • DJ Gates - Fridays 10pm - Midnight, Sundays 10pm - 11pm
  • DJ Trick - Saturdays Midnight - 2am
  • DJ Mike Setlock - Fridays Midnight - 2am
  • DJ Taylor D - Fridays 2am - 4am


As the main transmitter's signal is oriented principally towards the Buffalo market and does not fully cover the Niagara Region, CKEY also operates a co-channel booster in St. Catharines. The St. Catharines transmitter has an ERP of 2.7 kW and the call sign CKEY-FM-1.


From 1945 to 1991, CKEY was the callsign of an AM radio station in Toronto, which now airs Chinese programming as Fairchild Radio affiliate CHKT. Its longtime frequency of 590 kHz has been occupied by sports radio station CJCL since 1995.


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